NE ON Leader
Keisha 2014-19
Meet Juliana
 
Southwest Ontario Canada 
Chatham-Kent, London, and surrounding cities and towns in Western Ontario towards Windsor

 

Hi! I'm Juliana and I'm 16 years old and in grade 11. I live outside a small town in Southern Ontario. I was diagnosed at age 10 when my mum took me in to my Chiropractor because she thought I looked a little crooked. I was seeing my chiropractor until the beginning of 2017 when my pain increased so much that I couldn't get out of bed most days. I started going to physiotherapy and massage, as well as continuing going to my chiropractor. I also was told to go back to swimming as it is good for my back. Before I was diagnosed I had never heard of Scoliosis, so I had no idea what it was.

 

I found out about Curvy Girls from some of my online friends who have scoliosis and through Curvy Girls I got to meet girls in my community who are going through the same thing as me. I want to be a leader so that I can help girls just like me in my community.

 

I enjoy playing soccer, singing, meeting new friends, and reading. I'm will be attending University to become a teacher.

Meet Lauren

Hannah 2013-17

Hi, my name is Lauren. I am in 13 years old and in grade 8. I live in a small town in Ontario. I enjoy horseback riding, reading and listening to music. I found out I had scoliosis last year when my mom saw that the back of my shirt was catching on a lump on my back. I got an x-ray and the doctor sent us to a hospital 2 hours away where I was diagnosed with AIS-Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. My curves were about 60 degrees thoracic and 55 lumbar. I had spinal fusion surgery on October 19, 2016. I was a little scared as it got closer even though I trusted the doctors and nurses. I went back to school in January. I will hopefully be able to go back to horseback riding soon.

 

I hope that as a Leader I can help girls going into surgery not be so scared about it and just give advice and answer questions like the girls and Leaders helped me.

 

Meet Maddy

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 Toronto Canada
York, Peel, Halton, and Durham regions and surrounding cities/towns outside of Toronto 
 

Hi everyone, my name is Maddie and I am 13 years old. I live in the Upper Beaches in Toronto Ontario and I will be starting Grade 8 in the fall. I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 10 years old by my family doctor as she knew that I was at risk of scoliosis due to the genetic condition I was born with. As soon as my doctor noticed a slight curve, she referred me to SickKids to get fitted for a back brace. Getting a brace seemed really hard as I knew it would change a lot of things in my life like my clothes, how much food I could eat, and basic activities during the day. I told my mum about my worries or concerns but she sometimes didn’t know the answers or how to help me. That’s when Curvy Girls came into my life. I joined Curvy Girls before I got my first brace which helped me so much. Between the time I was diagnosed and started wearing my brace, my curve progressed from 20 degrees to 27 degrees within a few months.  I started wearing my brace for 1 hour a day and progressed quickly up to the required 20-22 hours a day. Hard to believe but I am now already on my third brace and have learned so many great tips and tricks along the way! I am a very positive person and have had to overcome many challenges in my life outside of my scoliosis so I try to stay happy even during tough times. I enjoy school and hanging out with my friends but my two favourite things to do are baking and swimming. Swimming is something I really love to do and it keeps me active while helping with my scoliosis.

 

I want to be able to help other girls that are going through the same thing as me. I was very grateful to have found out about Curvy Girls when I was first diagnosed and feeling scared and alone. I want to support other girls with scoliosis to let them know it will be okay and not as bad as they may think. I have lots of knowledge to share that helped me in terms of clothing, exercise, staying cool in summer, and going to school and camp. I want to make the group fun for everyone and a place that they can talk about their feelings with people who understand. Looking forward to meeting all the Curvy Girls in Toronto.

Izzy 2017-21
Noa 2017-20
Izabela 2012-15
Gillian 2012-17